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June 19 2017, 8AM

Latest video his now up for The Mass Readings Explained video series.  Check it out and please Like and Share if you are already subscribed and would like to help us spread the word. Thanks!

June 16, 6PM

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June 12, 9AM

My latest video for this week is out on The Body and Blood of Christ.  Please Like and Share if you'd like to share awareness of this series to friends and family.  Thanks!

June 9, 9AM

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June 5, 8AM

This Sunday's video is now out: The Mystery of the Trinity. Please Like and Share if you are a subscriber and would like to help us spread the word about this series.  Thank you!

June 1, 8AM

Catholic Productions released an excerpt from my video for this Sunday's Mass Readings (for Pentecost Sunday). Check it out and please be sure to Like and Share.  Thanks!

May 31, 6PM

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May 29, 1PM

The guys over at Catholic Productions posted a video on their blog that I recently gave at a men's retreat.  I hope it proves helpful!

7AM

The video for this Sunday's Mass Readings is now out: Pentecost and Speaking in Tongues.For those who subscribe, if you would like to help spread the word about this series, please be sure to Like and Share.  Thank you!

May 24, 6PM

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May 20, 11AM

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May 15, 7AM

The video for this Sunday's Mass Readings is now out: Jesus, the Advocate, and Confirmation.For those who subscribe, if you would like to help spread the word about this series, please be sure to Like and Share.  Thank you!

May 12, 7AM

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May 8, 6AM

My latest video for this Sunday's Mass Readings is now out: The Way, the Truth, and the Life.  For those who subscribe, if you would like to help spread the word about this series, please be sure to Like and Share.  Thank you!

May 6, 3PM

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May 1, 10AM

My latest video for this Sunday's Mass Readings is now out. For those who subscribe, if you would like to help spread the word about this series, please be sure to Like and Share.  Thank you!

April 26, 11AM

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April 24, 6AM

My latest video is out on the Mass readings for this Sunday. Check it out and please Like and Share if you can. Thank you.

April 20, 5PM

Behind the readings for this Sunday lies a Gospel text which is never read, but whose influence is felt and whose concepts and images serves as a link between the texts that are read.  That passage is John 19:34: John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pie...

April 17, 9AM

My latest video on the Origins of Confession is now out; I hope it helps. Please Like and Share if you can - thank you.

April 14, 3PM

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April 11, 10AM

Catholic Productions has made my latest video -- looking at the Blood and Water from the Side of Christ -- available for all to view on their blog. I hope it helps, in particular for Good Friday. Be sure to share with friends and family. God bless!

April 10, 8AM

My latest video for this weekend is now out.  Also, a forthcoming video coming out today or tomorrow on The Blood and Water from the Side of Christ will be made available for everyone.  May God Bless your Holy Week.

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April 6, 3AM

Jeff Morrow, a good friend of the Sacred Page, has just released a book on the resurrection!  Together with Brant Pitre's The Case for Jesus, this would make excellent reading for high school and college courses on the New Testament! Here's the book.

April 5, 3AM

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April 3, 7AM

The video for Passion Sunday is now out. Check it out and please Like and Share. Thanks!

March 29, 11AM

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March 27, 7AM

My latest video for this Sunday's Mass readings is now out: Jesus Wept - The Raising of Lazarus. Check it out and please Like and Share. Thanks!

March 22, 7AM

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March 20, 6AM

Speakers at the conference, "Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research," from left to right: Lina Petersen, Eckart Otto, Benjamin Kilchör, Jan Retso, Fr. Georg Fischer SJ, Richard Averbeck, Carsten Vang, Joshua Berman, Koert van Bekkum, John Ber...

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My latest video on "The Spit of Jesus & the Man Born Blind" for this upcoming Sunday's Mass readings is now out! Check it out and please Like and Share. Thanks!

March 16, 2PM

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March 13, 8AM

The video for this Sunday's Mass readings is now out. I hope it is helpful! Please Like and Share! Thanks!

March 8, 12 PM

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March 6, 8AM

My latest video for this upcoming Sunday's Mass readings now now out. Please Like and Share if you can. Thank you!

March 1, 12 PM

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February 27, 12 PM

Catholic Productions has just released our set on Acts from the 2017 West Coast Biblical Conference!

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Latest video is now out on the 1st Sunday of Lent for The Mass Readings Explained. I hope it helps set the stage for great spiritual growth this Lenten season. And, please Like and Share if you can. Thanks!

February 23, 6AM

With Ash Wednesday upon us, we decided to shoot a video on the Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday and the purpose of Lent. After watching it yourself, we hope you can help us spread the word through your Likes and Shares. Thank you!

February 22, 11AM

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February 20, 8AM

This upcoming Sunday's video, explaining the Mass Readings, is now out. Check it out and please Like and Share! Thank you.

February 13, 10AM

Catholic Productions just released my latest video on this Sunday's readings.  I hope it helps and please Like and Share if you are able.  Thanks! 

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February 11, 7PM

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February 6, 9AM

My latest video is out for this upcoming Sunday. Check it out and please Like and Share. Thanks!

February 3, 7AM

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January 30, 9AM

My latest video is now out.  I hope it helps, and please Like and Share!  Thanks!

January 27, 11AM

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January 23, 9AM

The latest release in The Mass Readings Explained is now out for this upcoming Sunday's Mass Readings (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time).  I hope it helps, and please Like and Share if you can. Thanks.

January 19, 5PM

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January 16, 10AM

My latest video is now out.  I hope it helps!  If you can, please Like and Share!  Thanks.

January 12, 1PM

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January 11, 12 PM

Ever wonder if the Bible is really history?  Catholic Productions has just rolled out my three-hour overview of this question.  While we can't address every historical claim the Bible makes, I do point out many of the most significant historical and arc...

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Catholic Productions just released the bonus video I did as part of The Mass Readings Explained series. I hope it gives some insight into the Gospel and provides a good primer as we start moving through the Gospel of Matthew with the Church each week in t...

January 9, 8AM

My latest video is now out.  I hope it helps!  Please Like and Share if you can.  Thank you!

January 5, 10AM

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January 2, 8AM

My latest video is now out over at Catholic Productions.   I hope it helps and please be sure to Like and Share!  Thanks!

December 30 2016, 11AM

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December 29, 5AM

My latest video is now out for this Sunday's Mass readings.  I hope it helps!

December 21, 3PM

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December 19, 9AM

My latest video on Christmas' Mass Readings was just released at Catholic Productions. I hope it proves helpful, and Merry Christmas to all!

December 16, 12 PM

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December 12, 9AM

Catholic Productions just released my latest video on the 4th Sunday of Advent's readings, "Born of the Virgin Mary."  I hope it helps, and please be sure to Like and Share! Thanks!

December 8, 8AM

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December 5, 7AM

My latest video is out over at Catholic Productions for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.  You can access it with your subscription by clicking on the top video still frame.  They have also put out an excerpt from it on their new blog at the bottom still frame....

November 28, 10AM

My latest video for the 2nd Sunday in Advent is now available at Catholic Productions.  I hope it helps and please be sure to Like and Share!  Thanks!

November 26, 2PM

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November 16, 7AM

Well, it is here... The Last Sunday of Ordinary Time.  I hope these videos have been of some assistance to you in preparing for Mass!  If you would like to continue watching the videos for next year's Mass readings, be sure to check out the link below a...

November 15, 8AM

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November 8, 6AM

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November 3, 12 PM

My latest video explaining this Sunday's Mass readings along with the new study guide is now out.  I hope it helps. Kindly Like and Share!  Thank you!

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October 31, 9AM

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October 27, 6AM

After checking out John's post below, my video is now up for viewing explaining this Sunday's Mass Readings.  I hope it proves helpful! Thanks -- and please Like and Share!

October 25, 6AM

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October 20, 11AM

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October 18, 12 PM

My latest video is now out.  I hope it helps you prepare for this Sunday's Mass.  Thanks for liking and sharing and for checking out our Kickstarter page to keep these videos going.

October 15, 12 PM

It seems likely that in the immediate and probably indefinite future, faithful Catholics in America, and their institutions (schools, hospitals, parishes) are going to find themselves under a fair amount of social and judicial pressure.  I think we can s...

October 11, 5PM

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My latest video is now out on the Sunday Mass Readings Explained.  I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for Liking and Sharing!

October 9, 1PM

I am participating in a conference on paradigm change in Pentateuchal research in Basel, Switzerland, this coming March.  It is good to see a growing movement to overcome some positions in Pentateuchal scholarship that have ossified into rigid dogmas.  ...

October 6, 6PM

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Hey Everyone, My latest video is out for this Sunday's Mass Readings.  I hope it proves helpful to you. Thank you in advance for Liking and Sharing it!

October 4, 7AM

Hello all, I just wanted to invite you to check out our Kickstarter campaign for "The Mass Readings Explained" video series.  If you can help support the project and pass this on to others who can benefit from it, it would be greatly appreciat...

October 2, 6PM

My bibliographic article on the term "covenant" (Heb berith, Gk diatheke) has just appeared in the online publication, Oxford Bibliographies, from Oxford University Press.  The beginning of the article can be accessed here, but the full article...

September 29, 10AM

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September 27, 2PM

My latest video on this Sunday's Mass Readings is now up.  Check it out and please Like and Share. Thank you.

September 22, 2PM

Check out my latest video on this Sunday's Mass readings.  I hope it's helpful to you. Thanks and please Like and Share!

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September 15, 5PM

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September 14, 7AM

I hope my video explaining this Sunday's Mass readings helps! Please Like and Share!

September 9, 7AM

My latest video on the Sunday Mass readings is out -- I hope it helps you! Thanks, and if you would, please Like and Share!  I appreciate it!

September 7, 6PM

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September 2, 6AM

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September 1, 1PM

I hope this video helps for this Sunday's Mass readings. Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

August 24, 11AM

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My latest video on the Sunday Mass readings is now out.  Check it out and please Like and Share.  Thanks!

August 23, 1PM

I'm happy to be doing some continuing ed for the permanent deacons in driving distance of Austin, Texas, this weekend.  It's the South West Institute of Diaconal Studies, 2016: SWIDS for short.  They are great men.  I visited with them in 2014. This ye...

August 19, 8AM

If anyone has been wondering why Brant Pitre and I haven't been writing and doing more than we have for the past four or five years, it's because a lot of our time has been taken up quietly working on a massive project which Ignatius Press has now rolled ...
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August 18, 3PM

My latest video on this Sunday's Mass readings is now out.  Check it out and please Like and Share! Thanks!

August 16, 1PM

Yes, it's official. Bloomsbury is announcing that Pope Benedict has a new book coming in November 2016, entitled, The Last Testament. It appears to be 224 pages. Ever since Bloomsbury merged ("bought out?") T & T Clark, they have been eme...

August 12, 9PM

I hope my latest video will help you on Sunday.  Thank you, and please Like and Share!

August 10, 4PM

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August 3, 8AM

My latest video on this Sunday's Mass readings is now out.  Check it out after reading John's contribution below. And, please like and Share!  Thank you!

August 2, 8AM

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July 27, 9AM

My latest video on this Sunday's Mass readings is now out.  Check it out after reading John's contribution below. And, please Like and Share!  Thanks!

July 26, 5PM

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July 25, 10AM

There have been at least a dozen times that Pope Francis has urged Catholics to carry a NT with them, and Scepter Press has just helped fulfill that call by producing a high-quality RSVCE translation of the NT in a handy pocket-sized format.  Before this...

July 21, 1PM

My latest video on this Sunday's Mass readings is now available.  I hope it helps! And, please Like and Share!  Thanks!

5AM

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July 19, 8AM

Check out my latest video with the guys at Catholic Productions on "The Myth of the Council of Jamnia and the Origin of the Bible."  I hope this helps! Please Like and Share!  Thanks!

July 14, 12 PM

The guys at Catholic Productions just released my latest video for this Sunday's Mass readings.  Check it out after reading John's commentary below. And, please Like and Share!  Thanks!

July 13, 11AM

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July 7, 1PM

While I'm not as clever with the titles as John apparently is(!), after you check out his post below,  I hope my video may be of help to you as well.   And, if you can, please Like and Share!  Thanks!

11AM

Fred Rogers used to sing at the opening of his classic children’s show:It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood A beautiful day for a neighbor Would you be mine? Could you be mine? …Won't you be my neighbor?Won't you please, won't you please? Please...

June 29, 2PM

Check out John's commentary on this Sunday's Mass readings below and then check out my supplemental video.  I hope it helps! If you can kindly Like and Share, it would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

June 27, 3PM

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June 23, 5PM

The Readings for this upcoming Sunday continue the strong call to discipleship issued in last Sunday's Readings.  Jesus stresses that following him must be an immediate and complete commitment of one's entire person.  As someone once said, "Jesus d...

June 22, 5AM

My latest video explaining this week's Sunday Mass readings is now up. I hope it helps, and please Like and Share! Thank you!

June 15, 10AM

Check out John's post on this Sunday's Mass readings below and then my supplemental video.  I hope it helps your participation in Mass!  And, please Like and Share.  Thanks!

June 14, 8AM

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June 10, 6AM

After reading John's commentary below on this Sunday's Mass readings, check out my video.  I hope it helps!

June 7, 5PM

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June 4, 7PM

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June 1, 7AM

Improve your participation at Mass this Sunday with my latest video explaining the Mass readings.  I hope it helps. Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

May 26, 6AM

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After reading John's commentary on the Mass readings for this Sunday, check out my video. Please Like and Share! Thank you!

May 24, 5PM

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11AM

My latest set where I go through my book - chapter by chapter - is now available through Catholic Productions.  Check it out... ...And please Like and Share!  Thank you!

May 23, 8AM

My fifth and final intro video on the 12 hour set Catholic Productions is releasing tomorrow is now available.   Please Like and Share!  Thanks!

May 20, 9AM

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"The word of God is the source of life and spirituality for the family. All pastoral work on behalf of the family must allow people to be interiorly fashioned and formed as members of the domestic church through the Church’s prayerful reading of sa...

May 19, 8AM

Improve your active participation in Mass this sunday by better understanding the Mass readings. Please Like and Share! Thank you!

May 11, 12 PM

This post picks up from themes discussed in the post below on the Readings for the Vigil of Pentecost.  For that post, scroll down; and below that is Dr. Pitre's excellent video explaining the Pentecost Readings. For Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Da...

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7AM

Check out my latest video on this Sunday's Mass Readings. Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

May 10, 8AM

Here is introduction 4/5 of a series Catholic Productions is releasing on my latest book, The Case For Jesus.  Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

May 6, 9AM

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7AM

After reading John's commentary below, check out my latest video on this Sunday's Mass Readings. Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

May 4, 1PM

Here is introduction 3/5 of a series Catholic Productions is releasing on my latest book, The Case For Jesus.  Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

May 3, 5PM

Ascension Day, unfortunately, is not observed in a uniform manner across the United States.  Catholics in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England will observe it on Thursday, May 5; the rest of the country observes it this Sunday, May 8.  The ...

8AM

Here is introduction 2/5 of a series Catholic Productions is releasing on my latest book, The Case For Jesus.  Please Like and Share!  Thank you.

April 30, 8AM

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April 29, 9AM

Check out my latest video explaining this Sunday's Mass Readings.  Hope it helps!

April 25, 1PM

Catholic Productions is releasing a 5 part introduction to a 12-hour series I did on my latest book, The Case For Jesus.  Here is part 1:

April 21, 1PM

After reading John's commentary below, check out the latest video I did on this Sunday's Mass Readings.

7AM

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April 15, 3PM

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April 12, 12 PM

My latest video explaining this Sunday's Lectionary Readings is now available to watch.  I hope it helps you, in some way, to better prepare for Mass.  And, be sure to check out Dr. Bergsma's amazing commentary coming out later in the week! 

April 7, 11AM

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April 6, 7AM

My latest video on this upcoming Sunday's Mass Readings is now available. Check it out -- I hope it helps.

March 31, 3PM

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Want to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday Mass Readings?  Check out the latest video just released.  I hope it helps!

March 25, 9AM

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March 23, 11AM

Want to better understand the upcoming Mass readings for Easter? My new video explaining the Mass Readings for this weekend is now available. I hope it helps!

March 18, 6AM

Walk through the Passion and Death of Jesus with me in this latest video -- Part 2 of 2 -- on the Mass readings for Palm Sunday this weekend.

March 16, 12 PM

As a supplement to John's great commentary on this Sunday's Mass Readings, check out my new video on Palm Sunday's readings.  This is part 1, with part 2 set to be released tomorrow.I hope you find it helpful!

March 15, 1PM

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March 11, 7AM

As a supplement to John's fantastic explanation of this Sunday's Mass Readings, check out my next video on this Sunday's Mass Readings. I hope you find it helpful!

March 9, 9AM

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March 4, 8AM

As a supplement to John and Michael's amazing written commentaries on the weekly Sunday readings, here's a link to a series of videos in which I explain the Sunday Scriptures. Hope you find it helpful!

March 3, 3PM

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February 26, 4PM

Check out my next video on the Sunday Mass Readings!

February 25, 9AM

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February 18, 11AM

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February 12, 12 PM

Ever wonder about the Temptations of Jesus in the Desert? Check out my next video explaining this Sunday's Scripture Readings (1st Sunday of Lent). Don't forget to like and share!

February 11, 11AM

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February 2, 12 PM

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January 30, 12 PM

As a supplement to John and John and Michael's amazing written commentaries on the weekly Sunday readings, here's a link to a series of videos in which I explain the Sunday Scriptures. Hope you find it helpful!

January 28, 8AM

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January 26, 5PM

Just 7 days left until my new book, The Case for Jesus, is released! (So proud and grateful for the Afterword, written by Bishop Robert Barron.) Check out the sweet cover!  Here are just a few of the endorsements: “This book will prove to ...

January 21, 11AM

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January 12, 9AM

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January 7, 9PM

I am very excited to once again be a part of the 13th Annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference, co-sponsored by JPCatholic University and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.  This is year presenters include Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, John Ki...

January 6, 11AM

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January 1, 3PM

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December 29 2015, 12 PM

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December 26, 9AM

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December 23, 12 PM

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December 16, 2PM

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December 10, 2PM

Ever since I published Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist in 2011, various readers have hit me with questions such as: Why didn't you discuss the Feeding of the Five Thousand, in which Jesus acts like a New Moses? What do you think Jesus' meant ...

December 8, 7PM

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December 5, 8AM

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November 28, 9AM

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November 19, 4PM

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November 13, 4AM

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November 5, 12 PM

In this 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church calls us to look more deeply at reality, beyond simply conventional wisdom toward the dawning life of the world to come. In the new world, there is a different economic system, one in which self-giving gene...

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October 29, 9AM

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October 28, 9AM

Pope Francis described the Bible as a "dangerous book" in his introduction to the new German edition of the YouCat Bible.  The whole introduction is worth pondering.  I reproduce it here, from the translation provided by Jules Germain at Alete...

October 24, 9PM

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October 15, 11PM

The Messiah died. As Christians we have become numb to the oddity of such a message. The thought was apparently abhorrent to some of Jesus' disciples. When Jesus announces his upcoming passion, Peter protests, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happe...

October 8, 12 PM

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October 2, 12 AM

This Sunday the lectionary readings focus our attention on marriage and family. Indeed, the texts we read here will serve as the basis for the discussion of the upcoming Synod Pope Francis has called together in Rome. So much could be said about them. He...

September 24, 1PM

In this 26th Sunday in ordinary time, the church puts before us a series of passages that should serve to challenge the tendency to restrict the workings of God to what merely conforms to our expectations. This can be seen in the first reading, for even J...

September 18, 7PM

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September 12, 12 PM

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September 8, 9PM

JP Catholic University is looking to buy some more real estate, which could be the site for a new building housing a bigger chapel as well as some other fine facilities. Essentially, the purchase would double the size of the school's campus. Time is of ...

September 4, 4PM

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August 28, 2PM

In this twenty second Sunday in ordinary time the Church offers us a series of readings that center on the nature of true obedience. One of the most important questions that one can ask is: what does it mean to obey God? In turning to this week’s readin...

August 20, 11PM

This Sunday we complete the trek through the lectionary's reading of John 6. We begin this Sunday by reading from yet another story linked to the Exodus traditions that form of the backdrop of imagery of the Bread of Life discourse. Specifically, the Firs...

August 14, 12 PM

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August 6, 1PM

This Sunday, we continue our trek through John 6. There are five weeks devoted to this chapter in which we first hear of Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and fish before moving into the famous Bread of Life discourse. Is the Bread of Life discourse ab...

July 30, 12 PM

What does it mean to be a human being?  What are we really? The answer our children are taught in school is that we are just animals, the result of a long process of accidents in which an amoeba became a fish, became a lizard, became a monkey, became us...

July 22, 2PM

In paragraph 1075 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it states that “Liturgical catechesis aims to initiate people into the mystery of Christ (It is ‘mystagogy.’) by proceeding from the visible to the invisible, form the sign to the signified,...

July 16, 3PM

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July 13, 5AM

This was a wonderful episode of Franciscan University Presents. By the way, Fr. Maconi's monograph, One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America, 2013) is a spectacular study. Pick it up here.

July 10, 5PM

Here are some thoughts on this Sunday's lectionary readings. I always find that looking at the readings in advance helps me prepare me to better enter into the Church's liturgical celebration. I hope you will find this helpful. . . FIRST READING: Amos 7...

July 9, 8AM

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July 2, 1PM

 For this fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I would like to offer a reflection on the readings informed by St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her “little way.” While there are other potential ways of uniting the readings for this Sunday, it appears fitt...

June 25, 8AM

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June 24, 8AM

Peter Singer, the atheist ethicist who teaches at Princeton, just got disinvited from a philosophy conference in Cologne after this interview with a Swiss newspaper was published: Neue Zuricher Zeitung: You do not consider an infant to be more worthy of...

June 18, 12 PM

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus silences the storm, prompting the disciples to wonder about his true identity. For ancient Jews, God was the one with power over the wind and the sea. Here Jesus demonstrates that his disciples' fears were an e...

June 15, 10AM

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June 11, 8AM

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June 10, 12 PM

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June 4, 10AM

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May 14, 11AM

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May 8, 7AM

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May 4, 10PM

It was one of the great joys of my time at JP Catholic to attend the ordination ceremony of now Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki (pictured in front row). Fathers Sipo and Esshaki have received their theological formation at JP Catholic through the C...

May 3, 11PM

UPDATE: I just noticed that Anthony Le Donne has linked to the same post. He posted it first. From The Toast. 1. “I’d like you to know that I’m particularly smart. Here are some subjects I consider myself to be very smart about. There is no questi...

April 25, 8AM

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April 24, 10AM

I'm taking a turn speaking at the National Catholic Bible Conference at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa near Philadelphia, June 19 & 20, 2015.   Other TSP contributors have been there in the past.  I'll be giving these talk...

April 16, 11AM

Two themes are underscored by this Sunday's lectionary readings. First, Jesus' passion was anticipated by the prophets. Second, Jesus died for a purpose, namely, the forgiveness of sins. As the lectionary will also make clear, however, recognizing these ... [Catholic] [Lectionary] [liturgy] [NA] [Suffering Servant] [Sunday Readings]

April 13, 6AM

I'm looking forward to visiting the great state of Illinois this weekend and early next week for a wonderful parish mission at St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque.  A copy of the parish flyer:

April 9, 9PM

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April 4, 9AM

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I've been trying to work through Plato's Republic in my "spare time" in an effort to be cultured and well-read like everyone says we ought to be—actually, at the suggestion of Alvin Plantinga, who lists the Republic as one of the three books e...

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Here I thought I'd offer some thoughts on the readings for the Mass of Easter Day. (For the Easter Vigil readings, go here for John Bergsma's fine commentary from last year.) Happy Easter in advance! FIRST READING: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceede... [Easter Sunday] [Lectionary] [NA]

April 2, 4PM

In the past, we here at TheSacredPage.com have offered commentary on the Good Friday readings. (Here is last year's fine commentary from John Bergsma). While the lectionary for Sundays and Holy Days follows a three year cycle, the readings for the Good F... [Crucifixion] [Good Friday] [jesus] [NA] [Passion Narrative] [Thomas Aquinas]

April 1, 10AM

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March 25, 7AM

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March 19, 1AM

This Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent before Holy Week. The readings, therefore, lead us into the heart of the mystery of the suffering and death of Christ. Below are a few thoughts on the lectionary selections. FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34 The da... [Catholic] [Fifth Sunday of Lent] [grain of wheat] [Lent] [NA] [Passover] [Sunday lectionary readings]

March 5, 12 AM

This Saturday morning I'll be speaking at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church in Walnut, CA. The topic will be intentional discipleship.  Here's some information. Cost: FREE.  Location: Vellucci Hall at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, 747 Meadowpass R...

March 3, 12 PM

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February 26, 3PM

In the second Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to contemplate the cruciform of the glory of the Beloved Son by linking a series of texts that at first blush might not appear to fit together. However, in this brief reflection, it will be argued that t...

February 20, 3AM

This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The lectionary readings focus on the flood--at least the first two. The reason for this might not seem immediately clear.  The Gospel reading, taken from Mark, then goes on to describe Christ's forty ... [flood] [Lent] [NA] [Sunday Readings]

February 18, 1PM

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February 16, 6AM

This weekend I have the privilege of joining Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bishop Strickland in Tyler, Texas for a fantastic conference on the meaning of suffering and the beauty of the cross.  Hope you can join us! Click on the image to go to registration.

February 12, 6PM

by John Bergsma via The Sacred Page (#49482)
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February 6, 12 AM

This Sunday the lectionary has us pick up where we left off in the Gospel of Mark last Sunday. Last week we heard about how Jesus' ministry was characterized by "authority"/"power"--something which was specifically highlighted by his a...

February 4, 12 PM

This weekend Brant and I are returning once again to Lubbock, Texas to speak at the Footsteps in Faith Bible Conference, hosted at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. This conference has been such a blessing. Having been there so many times and getting to know s...

February 3, 3PM

Lots of people use the four Gospels for lots of different things. Ordinarily they are read in the liturgical context of worship, others read them privately for prayer and devotion, still others study them to learn more about the life of Jesus and his disc...

January 30, 6AM

Benjamin Wiker, an historian of biblical scholarship (among other accomplishments), observes the passing of Marcus Borg in this online essay.

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I This Sunday the lectionary readings highlight the way Jesus fulfills Moses' announcement that God would one day send a future prophet like himself to God's people. However, as the readings also underscore, Jesus is more than a mere prophet, he is the Me...

January 25, 11PM

Come join John Kincaid and me for a special Bible Conference at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in beautiful Santa Maria, California, this coming February 24, 2014. The event is free. I've posted the flyer for the conference below. This is th...

January 23, 5PM

Last week, LiveScience.com ran an interview with Craig Evans in which he spoke about the discovery of what is claimed to be the earliest copy of a text from Mark's Gospel. According to Evans, the text was retrieved from an ancient Egyptian mummy mask. To...

January 22, 3PM

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January 15, 6PM

I am currently reading Francis Watson's recent book, Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013). The book is stimulating and I hope to have the opportunity to say a few things about it here in the coming weeks.  Let me jus...

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B. H. Streeter's work, The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins (London: Macmillan, 1930), may be the single most consequential work of 20th century biblical scholarship for establishing what is now widely known as the "Two-Source Hypothesis": th...

January 9, 12 AM

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus, an event that is every bit as important as it is rich in meaning, and this week’s readings help to draw us deeper into the mystery of Christ’s baptism. While for the first and second readings, al...
Today my friend Leroy Huizenga is celebrating his birthday. Leroy is one of the most exciting young Matthean scholars around today. I highly recommend his monograph, The New Isaac: Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew (NovTSup 131; Leid...

January 8, 2PM

One of the questions I sometimes get from students in the Seminary is this: Are the titles of the books of the New Testament also canonical? Or only the contents?       Along these lines, I've recently reading Bruce Metzger's classic, The Canon of the...

January 6, 9AM

One of the most puzzling questions in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' Nativity is the question of the identity of the Magi. Who exactly are they? From what country do they come? The actual information given to us by Matthew is pretty slim: Now when Jesus w...

January 3, 2AM

I am currently reading Douglas A. Campbell recent monograph on Paul, entitled, Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014). Campbell is recognized as one of the most influential Pauline scholars writing today and so, as with any n...

January 2, 3PM

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January 1, 12 PM

Happy Feast of Mary Theotokos! During the Christmas break--and yes, it is still Christmas! (which means I'm still building Legos with my kids)--I've been reading through the 16th century Jesuit Cornelius A Lapide's commentary on the Gospels. This co...

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Here. As usual, it's well done. Grateful to have been included.

December 31 2014, 12 AM

As we wrap up 2014, I wanted to pull together a list of some of my favorite reads of the year. This is always painful--there were so many great books I read this year. But in order to keep this post short and meaningful (a list of 10 is just going to be t...

December 30, 3PM

This is the second post in a few days in which I'm "exploring our matrix"--that is, interacting with a blog post by James McGrath. In a post, "Was Jesus Wrong on Purpose?," James looks at the story in Mark 2 where Jesus appears to mis...

December 27, 4PM

James McGrath has kindly linked over to a post I wrote a while back in which I briefly mention an article by Simon Gathercole. Gathercole meticulously examines the extant manuscripts of the Gospels and demonstrates that there is no textual evidence--not ...

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This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. There are a number of options available in the lectionary for the first and second readings, and so, to simplify matters, I am just going to offer a brief post on the single Gospel reading that we wil...

December 26, 11AM

Yours truly at the traditional site ofSt. Stephen's tomb.  Happy Feast of St. Stephen! I have always loved the story of St. Stephen in the book of Acts - so much so, in fact, we named our second son after him: Matthew Stephen. The book of Acts describe...

December 23, 11PM

During the midnight mass the lectionary readings focus on the coming of the glory of God in the person of Christ. Of course, in scripture, God's glory is often associated with the imagery of "light" and "splendor". As we celebrate th...

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December 17, 10PM

In this fourth Sunday of Advent, the Church calls us to contemplate the mystery kept secret from ages past that is now revealed. In fact, while this mystery was kept secret, it is also paradoxically found within the pages of the Old Testament, including i...

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H/T JP Catholic student Anna Rossi on Facebook

December 16, 4PM

Michael's book, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Eerdmans) has just won Christianity Today's 2015 book award in the category of biblical studies. This is great news. And it couldn't happen to a better scholar. Mi...

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This time of year a number of internet sites and blogs run lists of gift ideas for "men". For the record, I definitely don't want a flask or a knife or a pipe. In years past, some very kind readers have amazingly sent gifts on Christmas - all ...

December 12, 9PM

H/T Nathan Eubank and Michael Thomson

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December 7, 2PM

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December 5, 12 AM

During the time of Advent the Church both looks backwards and forwards. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in...

December 3, 1PM

  Well, the season of Advent is here once again! Of all the liturgical seasons of the year, for me, Advent is certainly the most stressful, and it may be the most confusing.  We often seem to have a good grasp of Christmas, Lent, and Easter. But what ...

November 26, 11PM

What a tremendous time I had this year at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature!  Above all, I had the honor of reading a paper co-written with John Kincaid. N.T. Wright, Pamela Eisenbaum, and Ward Blanton responded to it. It was in...

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In this first Sunday of Advent, the Church invites us to prepare in a rather urgent manner for God’s coming in the person of Jesus Christ. If you are anything like me, it is tempting to view the Advent Season as celebrating something that is “in the r...

November 18, 2PM

I still have more sessions to read about and I'm on the fence on what to do during a couple of time slots, but here are some thoughts on Sunday-Monday. Of course, somewhere in all of this I have to set aside time for the most important part of SBL: the g...

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November 17, 6PM

The annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature / American Academy of Religion kicks off this week. I have downloaded the handy-dandy app for the conference, updated my profile, combed through the online program book, and begun to set my "ag...

November 14, 5PM

In the latest RBL, there is a very positive review of Scott Hahn's book, Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church (Doubleday, 2013), written by Sonya S. Cronin (Florida State University).  Cronin offers a masterful...

November 12, 5PM

If you are a serious Pauline scholar, you apparently know what he looked like. Michael Bird, Chris Tilling, Nijay Gupta, Ben Blackwell, Nathan Eubank--take note. If you decide on using a different picture of the Apostle on your future...
"Your reward shall be great in heaven." That saying of Jesus, which appears in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel (Matt. 5:12), isn't actually found in the lectionary readings this Sunday. Nonetheless, that message does sum up their ...

November 11, 4PM

We are changing our policy here; for at least the near future, all comments will be moderated before they appear in the comment boxes. That's not to say that we don't want to hear your thoughts. We most definitely want your input! (Yes, you. . . The more...

November 7, 10PM

I hope you'll plan ahead to come to the JP Catholic Biblical Studies Conference this coming January. Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre, John Kincaid, and myself will all be speaking. You can register here. 

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November 5, 6PM

St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome On the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, one of the principal sanctuaries in the entire Catholic Church. While it would be tempting to suggest ...

November 4, 11AM

In a stimulating article over at First Things blog, Stephen Webb addresses a topic that most theologians are forced to wrestle with at some point in their lives, namely, "Who has the Authority to Write Theology?"               ...

November 3, 12 PM

Happy birthday to fellow biblioblogger, Nijay Gupta!  To celebrate, I thought I'd write up a brief post on Nijay's fine book, Worship That Makes Sense to Paul: A New Approach to the Theology and Ethics of Paul’s Cultic Metaphor (BZNW 175; Berlin: De ...

November 1, 11AM

At the close of the recent synod, Pope Francis made a brilliant comment that deserves some reflection. He said: So, the duty of the Pope is that of guaranteeing the unity of the Church; it is that of reminding the faithful of their duty to faithfully fo...

October 29, 12 PM

This Sunday is the Commemoration of All Souls. The message of the readings, then, is really thus summed up by a line in the Second Reading: "Hope does not disappoint." I hope these reflections will prove helpful in your own preparation for Sun...

October 27, 11PM

Recently I looked at a standard textbook used to teach Fundamental Theology. It contained many patristic references to the authority of tradition. One was lacking though--and from a very early and influential source. I've reproduced it below.  The ir...

October 24, 6AM

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October 21, 12 PM

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October 20, 4PM

Anthony Le Donne just had a great post up relating how New Testament scholar Dale Allison apparently encourages students to familiarize themselves with the work of older scholars. My doktorvater, Colin Brown, felt the same way. He always encouraged me to...

October 17, 1PM

"Those who talk nowadays of the abuse of power connected with doctrinal discipline in the Church generally have in mind only the misuse of authority on the part of the Church’s ministerial office, which doubtless can occur. But it is entirely forgo...

October 15, 11AM

This Friday Catholic Answers' Radio Program, hosted by the irrepressible Patrick Coffin, will be doing a special broadcast live from JP Catholic.  In the first hour (from 3-4pm Pacific), my colleague John Kincaid will be addressing the question, "Wa...

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"Today, many Christians, myself included, experience a quiet uneasiness about attending divine services in a strange church; they are appalled at the thought of the half-understood theories, the amazing and tasteless personal opinions of this or that...

October 14, 3PM

Human beings are political animals, Aristotle famously suggested, and Jesus would agree. However, the readings for this week reveal that the political nature of the Kingdom of God transcends the regimes of this age and those who rule them. This is seen im...

October 13, 11PM

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The titles of the gospels were not originally placed there by the evangelists but were added at a later point in the manuscript tradition. Actually, it may not be that simple. This article by Simon Gathercole shows that the received scholarly "tra...

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October 10, 12 PM

InterVarsity Press is advertising a new book by the well-known Protestant theologian Thomas C. Oden, who transitioned from 1960's style Protestant liberalism to a kind of Patristic "mere Christianity." Oden offers the following anecdote about th...

October 9, 1PM

In my class Philosophy and Biblical Interpretation, I had the privilege of introducing our first quarter MA students in biblical theology to Cardinal Ratzinger's (Benedict XVI) Erasmus Lecture (January 27, 1988). Among the many remarkable features of t...

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October 8, 4AM

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October 1, 3PM

Time for a "gut check".  Whatever is "new" is not necessarily true. At the same time, however, that does not mean that real advances are never made.  An authentic Catholic approach to theology can never claim that all that can ...

September 30, 2PM

I never grow weary of reminding my students of the importance of studying the Old Testament. Here's a couple of lines from one of the most important pieces I ever read on biblical interpretation to that effect. It was originally delivered in 1989 by Jose...

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Judgment, mercy, and mystery. As I prepare for this Sunday's liturgy, I keep returning to these three words, which seem to sum up the major message of the readings. Let me explain. . . FIRST READING: Isaiah 5:1-7 Let me now sing of my friend,my friend...

September 26, 12 PM

TSP readers, we'd love to see you in person in Plano, Texas, Saturday October 11!  Michael and I will be speaking at this conference:   Click on the image to read more and go to the online registration!

September 24, 5PM

One of the perennial questions of humanity is as follows: Is God just? In the readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, we find a series of passages that address the question of God’s justice, beginning with the first reading from the prop...

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This weekend I will be presenting a paper at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars in Pittsburgh, entitled, "Temple Liturgy, Eschatology, and Theōsis: The Jewish Context of Paul's Teaching on the Eucharist in 1 Corinthians 11". Suffice it to sa...

September 23, 5PM

John Bergmsa, Brant Pitre, and I are pleased to welcome a fourth contributor to The Sacred Page: John Kincaid. John is a great fit for this blog. Like the rest of us who write here, John is deeply committed to integrating biblical exegesis and theologic...

September 20, 4AM

At 66 chapters, Isaiah is the longest prophet, followed by Jeremiah with 52, and Ezekiel with 48, right? Wrong.  In Hebrew word count, Jeremiah clocks in at almost 30,000 words, followed by Ezekiel's ~26,000 and Isaiah's ~23,000.  Isaiah is the shortes...

September 17, 1PM

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September 11, 5PM

For those of you in Southern California, I will be speaking at a great event this weekend: The Wine has Run Out. . . Do Whatever He Tells You: A Summit on Today's Marriage and Family Life.  The event is being held at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Walnut, C...

September 10, 10PM

This Sunday we celebrate the wonderful Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. Appropriately, the readings highlight the healing and redemptive work of Christ crucified. Though much could be said about them, here are some brief thoughts, including, why the ...

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This is hilarious. Go here to read Michael Bird's explanation of the parody.

September 5, 10AM

I don’t like personal conflict.  I try to avoid it as much as possible.  Probably most Americans do.  I’m not sure what it’s like in other cultures, although I’ve heard of others where open social confrontation is more common. This Sunday’...

August 30, 10AM

It's been a tough week for Michael and I at our respective Universities, trying to keep up with the start of classes and a press of academic and administrative duties.  So this week I'm posting an unaltered re-run of a commentary on the Readings from thr...

August 20, 5AM

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August 19, 9PM

Ronald Lauder, a Jewish activist, has a powerful editorial in the New York Times: WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the ...

August 15, 11PM

I'm not referring to the "apocalyptic" session everyone is talking about. Yes, I will be sure to attend that important session. Actually, this post is about another special Paul session that N.T. Wright will also be involved with . . . a sessi...

August 12, 10PM

The Responsorial Psalm sums up a key lesson that runs like a golden thread throughout this Sunday's lectionary readings: May God have pity on us and bless us;may he let his face shine upon us.So may your way be known upon earth;among all nations, your sa...

August 9, 11PM

Photo from the IAA of the coins discovered[Source] Interesting. . . During excavations along the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists discovered a ceramic moneybox containing 114 bronze coins. Ea...

August 8, 1PM

I received a comment on my last post urging caution on reporting the news from Iraq. I agree that we should be careful about unreliable stories and that's why I tried to simply link to reputable sources. Where I didn't have all of the specific facts (i.e...

August 7, 10PM

Seriously. . . all of us need to get mobilized and do what we can NOW.  At least take the time to read this post (or something like it), and learn what is going on in Iraq. I've tried to assemble some of the most powerful stories I've run across in the ...

August 5, 1PM

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July 30, 11PM

This Sunday the readings highlight the way the Kingdom of God is present sacramentally. Specifically, hopes for the restoration of Israel are linked to a miracle of Jesus, the feeding of the five thousand, which is clearly understood eucharistically. I'l...

July 23, 3PM

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July 10, 9PM

This Sunday the readings focus on the imagery of seed-planting. Read in light of the fathers and doctors in particular, the readings teach us powerful lessons about what it takes to be fruitful: (1) God's grace; (2) perseverance in hope; (3) careful and p...

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In his commentary on the psalms, Aquinas quotes Psalm 22:21 as reading: "And my lowliness from the unicorn's horns." Wait. . . did Thomas just say that unicorns existed in the psalmist's day? Did unicorns survive the flood after all? Well,...

July 3, 7AM

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June 29, 5PM

Image of Peter wondering who this "Cephas" fellow is. (Just kidding) So the person who sent in the email asking about whether or not Peter and Cephas are one in the same person wasn't apparently entirely satisfied with my answer. In a charitab...

June 28, 1AM

I received an email from a reader who asks question whether or not Peter is the figure also identified elsewhere in the New Testament as "Cephas". You said that Paul saw Peter as a "pillar" of the community. But in AD 200, St Clement ...

June 26, 11AM

The Instrumentum Laboris (i.e., the working document) for the upcoming Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis has finally been released (html, pdf). The document highlights challenges facing the family today and offers thoughts toward advancing pastor...

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It is solely by accident that I have the privilege of writing the reflection on the readings of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. However, I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity. The lectionary readings this Sunday climax with a selection fr...

June 21, 5AM

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June 15, 12 AM

Today is seriously one of my favorite feasts of the entire liturgical year. And so, even though John Bergsma has written a beautiful reflection on the lectionary readings here on TSP, I wanted to contribute a few thoughts of my own. Specifically, I thi...

June 11, 3AM

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June 5, 10AM

This Sunday we celebrate the glorious feast of Pentecost. Here below is a brief treatment of the major themes and issues in the readings. FIRST READING: Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And sudde...

May 29, 9AM

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May 28, 3AM

In most of the USA, Ascension Day is observed this Sunday, whereas in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, it is observed on its proper day, Thursday May 29, forty days after Easter. 1. Ascension D...

May 21, 8PM

We are about the celebrate the last Sunday before the Feast of Pentecost. The lectionary readings for this Sunday, therefore, are meant to lead us to reflect on different aspects of the Spirit's work. This Sunday's readings are also important for underst...

May 16, 3PM

Marc Cortez cites the VLT (Very Loose Translation) of Romans 7:9-14. It really speaks to me: I was once alive apart from teaching, but when the end of the semester came, grading came alive and I died.  The very job that promised life proved to be death...

May 13, 3AM

Since the beginning of time, human beings have sought to construct buildings that would bridge the gap between the temporal and eternal, earthly and heavenly planes of existence.  These temples have taken widely differing forms in many cultures.  One of...

May 5, 11PM

Image of Christ the Good Shepherdfrom Catacombs of St. Pricilla in Romeca. 3rd cent. This Sunday the lectionary turns our attention to John 10, where Christ describes himself as both the "door" of the sheepfold and (perhaps more famously) as t...

May 1, 3PM

The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II last weekend underscored the significance of the Second Vatican Council in the history of the Catholic Church. This, therefore, is a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of the council...

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Br. Henry Stephan, O.P., has a fantastic piece on the Domincan House of Studies blog, Dominicana.  Has there ever been a cause for more unreflective editorializing than the recent papal canonizations? If you clicked on nearly any commentary about the ne...

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This is interesting. Here's a snippet: We do. We really, really do. We Protestants need the papacy. We need it for our theology. We need it for our politics. We need it more than we want to admit. And this is a good thing. (Yeah, I said it Rev. Hess, ...

April 30, 5PM

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April 26, 12 AM

Picture of me with John Paul II, taken in 2003. This Sunday is going to be a Pope-A-Poluza. Pope Francis will canonize two popes--John Paul II and John XXIII. There are also reports that Benedict XVI will be concelebrating the mass with Pope Francis. T...

April 24, 3PM

In the Catholic liturgical calendar, this Sunday--the first Sunday after Easter--is known as "Divine Mercy Sunday". Not surprisingly, God's mercy and the forgiveness of sins is a major theme in the readings that will be proclaimed. Let us take ...

April 19, 7AM

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April 17, 1PM

Hey, everybody, check out this Good Friday homily on Zenit News about my new book  on the Passion of Christ: Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told.  Let us pray for one another as we prepare to celebrate the great day that "the ...

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April 16, 10PM

Click below to listen to our special Good Friday podcast. Also be sure to come back tomorrow and Sunday for special podcasts on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday!  Crucifixion: History, Archaeology, and Why Jesus Died This Way (Good Friday Podcast)(Rig...

April 15, 8AM

As hundreds of thousands of people in the US alone prepare to join the Catholic Church this Easter, a high-profile conversion has been rocking the largely-secular Swedish culture.  Rev. Ulf Ekman, Sweden's most prominent evangelical pastor, leader of the...
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April 12, 10PM

With Colbert's big new promotion in the news, I thought I'd revisit this blast from the past. I wonder if we'll see any further discussion of historical Jesus issues on The Late Show. I, for one, certainly hope so. The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily...

April 11, 3PM

I was just re-reading the introduction of E.P. Sanders' landmark book, Jesus and Judaism, and came across a quote that I had forgotten about. It concerns one of my favorite books about Jesus ever written--a book I am sad to report is often overlooked. . ....

April 10, 8AM

On this coming Sunday, the Church will bring us to what may be one of my favorite Masses and my favorite sets of Scripture readings in the entire liturgical year: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, popularly known simply as ‘Palm Sunday’. With...

April 2, 5PM

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“[T]he apostles understood eschatology not merely as futurology but as a mindset for understanding the present within the climaxing context of redemptive history. That is, the apostles understood that they were already living in the end-times and that t...

March 31, 10AM

Following Peter Kirby's ranking of biblioblogs, I'm learning more and more about the benefits of "Alexa", a web information site. They offer a few interesting services that seem to be helpful. Certainly knowledge is power and knowing more about...

March 30, 10PM

Peter Kirby has released the latest rankings by traffic of academic bible blogs ("biblioblogs"). This blog comes in at #30. Not bad! In the last ranking, we were at #52. At that time, blogging had slowed down here considerably. However, we've s...

March 28, 10AM

Just before Pope Francis heard confessions in St. Peter's Basilica, he knelt down at a confessional and asked God to forgive him, making his own confession of sins.  To be fair, all the recent popes went to confession regularly. However I must say:...
I posted on this before but I have some updated information. Here's how the parish is advertising the event. I think I gave the church building address in the original post on this. That was incorrect! The talk will actually be at the school hall. Hope y...

March 26, 10PM

I realize I may be a bit late on this one, but there is now a blog that follows most major academic journal in biblical studies and theology. This is a huge help. I get email notices from most of these journals when a new volume comes out, but I think thi...

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March 23, 12 AM

Stephen Colbert did, I think, a pretty funny segment on the protest against the "cross" at the 9-11 museum being made by some atheists. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive

March 22, 2PM

I will be giving a Lenten reflection on Saturday, March 29, at Holy Innocence Catholic Church in Long Beach, CA. The evening begins at 7pm.  The event is FREE.  My talks will be: 1. "Overcoming Temptations: Learning from Jesus in the Wild...

March 18, 8PM

I am very much looking forward to presenting a paper, entitled, "Cultic Theosis in Paul and Second Temple Judaism" at the big Paul and Judaism Conference this week at Houston Baptist University. The paper is co-written with my friend and colleag...

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If you're in Texas, I'll be speaking at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Sugarland, TX, tonight, Monday (3/18/14) at 7pm at the school hall. This is a Lenten talk, entitled, "How To Battle Temptations: Learning from Christ in the Wilderness". ...

March 12, 3PM

Trust in the Lord. That is the major theme of this week's lectionary readings. From Abraham as a model of faith, to Jesus, who tells his disciples, "Do not be afraid", this Sunday the liturgy underscores the importance of faith. Let us look at ...

March 11, 9AM

Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent? There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there's also a biblical foundat...

March 10, 3PM

At St. Martha's in Murrieta leading a parish mission (see the previous post). It's a beautiful parish and a wonderful, thriving Catholic community. The church is very beautiful. Lots of great art. I have to highlight one piece though. Chris Mueller, the...

March 9, 10PM

This week I will be doing a parish mission at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Murrieta, CA. I will be speaking after the 7:30am morning mass as well as from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  I am very excited about speaking at this parish, which is an amazing Catholic c...

March 4, 12 PM

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Hey everybody, my new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Image Books) now available for pre-order! (It'll be in stores next week.) So if you liked Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist--or if you're like me and still tr...

March 2, 11AM

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February 27, 8AM

An idea for parents, youth ministers, pastors, teachers etc. of teens:

February 26, 3PM

In the beautiful encyclical letter, Lumen fidei, a letter begun by Pope Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis, faith is contrasted with idolatry. The temptation of that sin was great, the popes explain. Why? In place of faith in God, it seems better...

February 24, 5AM

David Bentley Hart, in Atheist Delusions, writes about the kind of religious culture early Christians left behind when they accepted baptism: "Quite apart from their more revolting ritual observances, however, the religions of the empire were— to...

February 21, 12 AM

Pope Francis begins speaking at about 31:30.

February 20, 11PM

The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 has Jesus emphasize over and over again that it is necessary for believers to "eat his flesh" and "drink his blood". Is this passage about the Eucharist? There are good reasons for thinking so...

February 19, 9AM

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February 18, 12 AM

Origen (d. circa A.D. 254) This evening I have been reading essays in S. Mark Heim, Faith to Creed: Ecumenical Perspectives on the Affirmation of the Apostolic Faith in the Fourth Century (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991). The book has a lot of interesting...

February 12, 12 AM

Sin leads to sadness, holiness leads to happiness. That pretty much sums up this Sunday's readings. More specifically, the lectionary selections focus on the Law of the Lord and its fulfillment in Jesus. Whereas our secular society views divine law in te...

February 5, 9AM

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February 1, 5PM

 I will be in Saginaw, Michigan, this Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Feb. 4-5, speaking at 6pm at Holy Family Church.  On Tuesday I'll be giving my talk, "How to Get through the Bible in an Hour!" (complete with stick figures!), and on Wednes...

January 29, 11AM

This Sunday hear the story of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. For Catholics who pray the rosary, the story is familiar. However, it's meaning is often misconstrued or misinterpreted. For instance, some think the story is about Jesus' c...

January 27, 4PM

On February 15th, John Bergsma and I will be speaking at the 6th Annual Biblical Studies Conference at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in beautiful Santa Maria, CA. The event is co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Here are the 8 things you n...

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As readers of this blog know, I am a huge fan of Logos Bible Software. From time to time, I get emails or comments from people who make the case that such a software program is unnecessary because the materials available on Logos are available online. N...

January 21, 1PM

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January 15, 2PM

This Sunday readings continue to examine the significance of Jesus' baptism. Specifically, the readings lead us to consider how Jesus' baptism fulfills the calling of the people of God and how it serves as a kind of revelation for what happens to Christia...

January 7, 10PM

I recently encountered this heartbreaking yet inspiring video on Facebook. It documents the work of a single pastor in South Korea who is saving infants abandoned on the streets. The video reminded me of sociologist Rodney Stark's now classic book, Th...

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January 4, 12 AM

My doktorvater, Colin Brown, makes a great statement in The Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus (4 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2010), 2:1435: The question of the historical Jesus is not just a question of material evidence. It is a hermeneutical que...

January 3, 3PM

Special thanks to Nijay Gupta, who offers his list of the best books of 2013. Among them is the book I co-wrote with James D.G. Dunn, Thomas Schreiner, and Robert Wilkin, "Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment", edited by Alan St...

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I am pleased to announce that Journal of Biblical Literature has published an article I wrote in their most recent volume. The article is entitled, "Jesus as the Davidic Temple Builder and Peter's Priestly Role in Matthew 16:16-19".  The art...

January 2, 11AM

This Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany. The term is derived from two Greek words: epi, “on, upon” and phaino, “to appear, to shine.” Literally, the word means, "to shine upon" or "to make manifest". The Catechism of the Catho...

December 31, 11AM

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December 28, 8AM

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December 24, 12 PM

 On Christmas Eve, the Gospel reading is taken from once again from Matthew 1. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Ho...

December 23, 6PM

My friend Jim West tweeted, ALERT: it isn't 'the virgin birth'. It's the virginal conception. It's an important distinction.#RespectAccuracy. I can't help but tweak him a bit for his tweet.  Let me just say that, actually, according to the earliest ...

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December 20, 10AM

Next quarter I'll be teaching a graduate level course on the Pentateuch. Of course, we will be talking, among other things, about the question of the "authorship" and "sources" of the Pentateuch. While ancient Jewish (e.g., Josephus,...

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December 18, 6PM

This weekend as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent the lectionary readings have us focus in on Jesus' virgin birth. Much could be said about the readings for this Sunday, but here I want to focus in on this theme (as it seems the intention of the lec...

December 17, 10AM

Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is vigorous and beautiful reading, full of provocative statements to awaken us from spiritual slumber.  Unfortunately, it is a long document, and many may not read it through carefully.  I tho...

December 13, 7PM

Today John Allen writes: It's fashionable to style Francis as a dramatic break with the past, and there's a sense in which that's real. On the other hand, several substantive reforms for which he's getting credit actually began under Benedict XVI, and n...

December 11, 12 PM

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December 5, 12 AM

This Sunday as we continue to prepare for Christmas--for the coming of the Lord--the lectionary has us reflect on the gift Christ comes to bestow upon us: the Spirit of the Lord. Here's a brief commentary on the Sunday readings FIRST READING: Isaiah 11:...

November 29, 1AM

I am pleased to share news that Logos Bible software is releasing an awesome update to their Catholic package, "Verbum", which now includes even better libraries and features! I've been given a sneak peak and, let me just say, this is incredibl...

November 27, 2PM

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November 21, 9PM

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November 12, 1AM

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November 5, 5PM

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October 31, 8AM

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October 24, 10PM

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October 15, 12 PM

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October 8, 2PM

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October 7, 9PM

Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In honor of the occasion the St. Paul Center is offering a free download of a talk I gave earlier this year at a popular-level Catholic conference on the topic. The talk is a bit biographical and laced with (...

October 2, 12 AM

"By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God [Vatican II, Dei Verbum 5]. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, 'the obedience...

September 28, 10PM

Origen Michael Bird has been writing on patristic interpretation of Paul's phrase "works of the law" (ergōn nomou), noting that some link the term to the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament (here, here). Bird mentions that this interpretation...

September 24, 5PM

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September 17, 7AM

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September 10, 7PM

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September 5, 6AM

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September 2, 1PM

There is no more comprehensive work on the credibility of New Testament's account of miracles (e.g., Jesus'), than the two-volume monograph written by Craig Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 201...

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I have to give a plug for a great new book released by Catholic Answers called "The Truth is Out There".  It's a graphic novel that follows the adventures of two eccentric characters, Brendan and Erc, as they travel space while debating fundame...

August 28, 5PM

I like to tell my students that, after the authors of Scripture, there are three towering figures who have most influenced Catholic thought. I refer to them as the "Triple A Club": Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. (My colleague John Kincaid c...

August 27, 5PM

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August 21, 8PM

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August 13, 4PM

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August 12, 3PM

Last week I went on vacation with my wife and eight kids to Pennsylvania's "Dark Area," a remote region in north central PA noted for excellent star-gazing due to lack of light pollution.  Knowing that I would be without internet access for the...

August 11, 10PM

Best part: What about people who name their child "Jesus"? And what about "Chris" or "Christy"? That reminds me... At least one New Testament scholar I know has a messianic name. (Hint: See the typo on the name associa...

August 6, 12 AM

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August 2, 12 PM

There have been some rather interesting solutions to the question of the interrelationship of the Synoptic Gospels. Most students of Gospel studies know this... Which led to this... Which necessitated this... Which gave way to this... ... [synoptic problem] [Two Source Theory] [Mark Goodacre] [Synoptic Gospels] [Q]

July 31, 4PM

Mark Goodacre has an interesting discussion up on the use of the term "pericope". I think he's right. Let's abandon it.

July 30, 5PM

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July 28, 8PM

This is just stunning. From the AP: Speaking from a white stage on the sands of Copacabana on Sunday, Francis urged a crowd estimated at 3 million people to go out and spread their faith "to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest a...

July 26, 1PM

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July 19, 1PM

Everywhere I go these days I'm running into young converts to Catholicism. Just last month my wife and I had the awesome honor of being godparents at the baptism of a former evangelical, a young woman in her mid-twenties whose love for the Lord has inspi...

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July 18, 12 PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority is reporting the finding of a palace probably built by and for King David in the hill country of Judah, in a location known as Khirbet Qeiyafah, identified as the biblical city Sha'arayim.  One of the articles announcing ...

July 11, 12 PM

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July 6, 10AM

Overall, I think they did a great job. I did specifically say that the advocatus diaboli ("devil's advocate") is no longer an official term used--that caveat was edited out. Still, I appreciate the opportunity they gave me to explain the Catholi...

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  In the Readings for this Sunday, Jesus continues his final journey, his fateful "death march" toward Jerusalem (Luke 9–19, the "Travel Narrative") that began formally in Luke 9:51.  The past several Sundays have foreshadowed Jesu...

July 5, 9PM

Today I received the first case of a new book I'm quite excited about. Four Views on the Role of Good Works at the Last Judgment (Zondervan). The four perspectives are written by James D.G. Dunn, Tom Schreiner, Robert Wilkin, and myself. The volume ...

June 26, 5PM

The Readings for this upcoming Sunday continue the strong call to discipleship issued in last Sunday's Readings.  Jesus stresses that following him must be an immediate and complete commitment of one's entire person.  As someone once said, "Jesus d...

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Pope Francis just offered the following catechesis at his Wednesday audience (6/26/13). This is wonderful! Dear brothers and sisters,  Today I would like briefly to refer to one more picture that helps us to illustrate the mystery of the Church: that o...

June 22, 4PM

Dr. Hahn, Michael Barber, and I will be leading a weekend conference on the New Evangelization in Buda, TX (near Austin) next month.  If you are in driving distance of Austin, fill your van with friends and family and come on out!  Info and registration...

June 21, 11AM

As the Church reads through the Gospel of Luke this year, we reach a transition point in this Sunday's text (Luke 9:18-24) where the focus of the Gospel begins to shift toward Christ's coming passion and death.  Sorrowful though his suffering will be, ir...

June 17, 9AM

Pope Francis recently made headlines when he announced that his first encyclical will have been worked on by "four hands": The encyclical has to come out and it's an encyclical written with four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began w...

June 12, 10AM

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June 11, 11AM

(1) If a biblical book presents a clear structure and literary elegance (e.g. Ruth): "This composition is obviously the product of a long history of redaction during which original traditional material was shaped into the elegant structure we know ob...

June 10, 12 PM

A friend sent me this link to a video of Fr. Robert Spitzer, whose masterpiece New Proofs for the Existence of God (Ignatius Press) I have been reading for the past month.  I think Spitzer is excellent and want to share his insights.  His talk really st...

June 9, 8AM

I didn't finish my commentary on this Sunday's readings because I'm still recovering/catching up from a week long trip to Haiti, where I spoke at the first Eucharistic Congress of the Diocese of Anse-a-Veau et Miragoane, and at various parishes and missio...

June 2, 3PM

One of my favorite people on the planet--and one of the finest biblical commentators I know--is Curtis Mitch, co-editor (with Scott Hahn) of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. Curtis is known mainly for his work on the Study Bible. I just ran into this v...

May 31, 5PM

I'm blogging to you from Miragaone, Haiti, this weekend, where I'm participating in the diocesan Eucharistic Congress.  Say a prayer for us!  Now to the readings: I love the early summer liturgical "trifecta" of Pentecost, Trinity, and Corpu...

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I hope to see a chorus of Muslim scholars come out condemning this one... Domestic abuse is a serious problem. Ironically, just last night I saw this touching clip of Patrick Stewart (yes, I'm a Star Trek nerd) talking to a fan who was a victim of...

May 26, 4PM

“There is in God, as there is in us, a sort of ‘circulation’ (circulatio) in the operations of mind and will: for the will returns to that which understanding initiated. But with us the ‘circle’ (circulus) closes in that which is outside of us: ...

May 24, 11AM

Scott Hahn has offered a wonderfully concise response to the "controversy" over Francis' recent comments...  Lots of people are criticizing Pope Francis' message earlier this week, as if he's deviating from the Church's teaching on the need to...

May 23, 8PM

I can't write a Readings commentary this week because I'm on a silent retreat without Internet. Sorry to all our faithful readers. I'll be back on it next week. Say a prayer for me.

May 21, 10AM

There is some discussion going on about Pope Francis' encounter with a young man, captured in the video below. Articles on this are appearing everywhere from the Associated Press and ABC News to the Huffington Post and Salon. Everyone, it seems, is ta...

May 19, 3PM

Happy Pentecost! Today in the liturgy we hear the story of how the Spirit descended upon the disciples in the form of tongues of fire.  Why does the Spirit appear in this way? John has written a great post on the readings for today. However, since he...

May 16, 2PM

And they say Catholics don't know the Bible.

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May 3, 7AM

"Transmitting this requires us to be courageous: the courage of transmitting the faith. A sometimes simple courage. I remember—excuse me—a personal story: as a child every Good Friday my grandmother took us to the Procession of Candles and a...

May 2, 11AM

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April 30, 10AM

"Holy Scripture must be understood in the light of what Christ and the saints have actually practiced.  Christ did not offer His other cheek, nor Paul either.  Thus to interpret the injunction of the Sermon on the Mount literally is to misunderstan...

April 28, 11AM

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April 19, 12 PM

Commenting on 1 Samuel 15, where the Lord is "angry" with Saul and "repents" of making him king, Gregory of Nyssa explains: “The Lord was angry, and he was grieved because of their sins”; and again, “He repented that he had anoi...

April 18, 11AM

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April 4, 11AM

This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of the Octave of Easter, also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  The theme of God’s mercy runs through the readings. 1. In the First Reading, we see an outpouring of God’s mercy through the hands of the...

March 31, 1PM

Scroll down below to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast recorded last year. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? : )  Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Podcast for Easter)(Right ...

March 30, 1PM

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March 29, 6AM

Every year on Good Friday, we read St. John’s account of the Passion from John 18-19. One of the themes that runs through this reading is the Priesthood of Christ.  In this post, I would like to trace that theme. There is priestly language already in...

March 27, 2PM

Leroy Huizenga has an excellent piece on John 13 in which, among other things, he looks at the priestly imagery associated with the washing of the disciples feet. Read it here.

March 24, 3PM

Pope Francis with Mons. Guido Marini Here. Great photos (such as the one on the right). Given the fact that it is maintained in Spanish, I doubt he is the one who does that. Still, whoever is doing this for him is doing a great job.

March 23, 4PM

Fr. G. Peter Irving with our children at the baptism of our daughter, Molly Rita. My uncle, Fr. G. Peter Irving III, pastor of Holy Innocents Parish in Long Beach, CA, has posted a brilliant homily offering spiritual reflections on Jesus' act of "...

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This is truly remarkable: a pope meets his predecessor. I'm not sure that this has ever happened in the 2,000 year history of the Church: two popes appear together. (At least, I'm fairly certain that there is no documentation that such an event has taken... [Pope Benedict] [Pope Francis] [Pope Emeritus] [Benedict XVI]

March 22, 12 PM

You've got to love the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist! They just appeared on The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy (Game Show Network). And won. Who says Catholics don't know the Bible? ; ) You've got to love th...

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Below is an excerpt from Pope Francis' address to the Diplomatic Corps (with my emphasis added). Here we seem to get the fullest description to date of the "program" he sees for his Pontificate.  As John Allen writes today: anyone who though...

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Clement of Rome In the previous post I examined a number of New Testament passages that describe the apostolic ministry in priestly terms. The early Church clearly picked up on this tradition. Indeed, there is an abundance of evidence that the early Ch...

March 21, 11PM

Earlier today I highlighted Benedict 2007 visit to the same youth detention center Pope Francis will be celebrating Holy Thursday Mass at next week. However, Amy Welborn reminds me on Twitter that Benedict also made an emotionally charged visit to a priso...

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By now you've seen the story: Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a Juvenile Detention Facility next week. But did you know that Benedict XVI also celebrated the Eucharist there during Lent of 2007? He did and there gave an amazing homily...

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On this coming Sunday, the Church will bring us to what may be one of my favorite Masses and my favorite sets of Scripture readings in the entire liturgical year: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, popularly known simply as ‘Palm Sunday’. With...